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ULMA Architectural Solutions is a construction sector cooperative that manufactures polymer concrete prefabricates for facades, channels and drainage. It is one of the 8 cooperatives that make up ULMA. One of the largest groups within the network of companies in Mondragon Corporation, the largest cooperative group in the world.
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ULMA Architectural Solutions

ULMA Architectural Solutions

ULMA Architectural Solutions

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ULMA Architectural Solutions
Area served
Key people
Unai Arregi (President)
ProductsChannels and Drainage, Architectural Pre-fabricates, Enclosure Walls and Ventilated Facades in polymer concrete
Number of employees
180 (2015)
SubsidiariesPortugal, France, Brazil, Mexico and Italy

ULMA Architectural Solutions is a construction sector cooperative that manufactures polymer concrete prefabricates for facades, channels and drainage. It is one of the 8 cooperatives that make up ULMA. One of the largest groups within the network of companies in Mondragon Corporation, the largest cooperative group in the world.[1][2][3]


ULMA Architectural Solutions is one of the 8 companies which make up ULMA cooperative group, which dates back to 1957 when six young mechanics set up a small workshop in Oñate (Guipúzcoa) to offer ancillary services to the chocolate industry in the region. In 1961, following several meetings with José María Arizmendiarrieta, the local priest in Mondragón (Guipúzcoa) who was the driving force behind what is today known as Mondragon Corporation, they decided to officially set up the industrial workshops cooperative ULMA S.C.I., the name of which is an acronym of their surnames, following the example of the founders of Fagor Electrodomésticos.

Although their first business was based on chocolate packaging machines (which led to the company now known as ULMA Packaging), in 1963 they patented the first JJEIP prefabricated scaffolding in Spain, which was their introduction to the construction business. As their business grew with products such as construction flanges and forklift trucks, the different businesses adopted a new, unique corporate image which took shape in the 1990s.

In 1990 ULMA Group decided to launch a new business called ULMA Polymer Concrete, dedicated to the manufacture of prefabricated polymer concrete drainage channels and window sills, as part of ULMA Construction. In 1991, the new business set up its premises and began to manufacture the first prefabricated pieces of polymer concrete, a material hitherto unknown in Spain. Indeed, it was so unknown that it was not sure how to translate "polymer concrete" into Spanish, and ended up calling it "cast material".

In 1996, the company left ULMA Construction and set up as a business under the name ULMA Polymer Concrete. In 1997 it consolidated its own sales network and, in 2001, started to manufacture and market ventilated facades, which supplemented its existing products such as architectural prefabricates. Its current site, covering 12,000 sqm. in the Zubillaga district in Oñati, opened in 2001.[4]

Economic magnitudes

ULMA Architectural Solutions currently has 180 employees. It forms part of ULMA Group, is present in 80 countries, has 4500 employees and turns over 700 million euros. The other businesses in the Group are ULMA Greenhouses, ULMA Architectural Solutions, ULMA Forklift Trucks, ULMA Conveyor Components, ULMA Handling Systems, ULMA Construction, ULMA Packaging and ULMA Piping.


ULMA Architectural Solutions manufactures four types of products in more than 20 countries: solutions for Channels and Drainage, architectural precasts, external wall systems and ventilated facades. All these products are made from polymer concrete, a compound material which combines silica and quartz aggregates, bound by stable polyester resins and it's both lighter and more resistant than traditional concrete.[5][6][7][8]

Certificates and awards

  • Drainage channels: ULMA's channels are developed and certified in accordance with Standard UNE EN 1433 and count on Komo certification.
  • Ventilated facades DIT 476R/10 Certificate in Ventilated Facades. The Eduardo Torroja Institute of Construction Science awards the Technical Suitability Document to ULMA Ventilated Facades Coating System with Polymer Concrete panels. The System also complies with the Technical Building Code.
  • Architectural prefabricates: All architectural prefabricates count on EN 14617 quality certificates by Aenor and are certified by Tecnalia.
  • Enclosure walls: The facade External Wall system based on "Light gauge steel framing" have been classified by the Certification Body Breeam (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology) as category A and A+.

ULMA is a member of the Board of Directors of Eraikune, the Construction Hub. It has been awarded, amongst others, the Premio NAN Architecture and Construction prize for the best materials in 2010 and 2014, and in 2015 it received one of the four Diplomas of the Construmat Awards for Technological Innovation.[9][10][11][12][13]


  • Ventilated facades in residential buildings such as the BBK care home in Bilbao or apartment blocks in Cornellá (Barcelona), as well as others dedicated to leisure and culture, such as the Image and Sound Museum of Rio de Janeiro and Portoseguro Theatre in São Paulo, Brazil.
  • Energetic refurbishment of residential buildings in Cornellá (Barcelona) with ventilated facades.
  • Drainage channels in Arese shopping centre in Milan (1100 linear metres of channels throughout the surface of the underground car park); in Campofrío's 50,000 sqm. plant for the production of frozen pizzas in Ólvega (Soria); in the entrances to the Camp Nou; in the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao and in Madrid Barajas, Malaga and São Paulo Guarulhos airports, amongst others.
  • Refurbishment of terraces with prefabricated stone finish in residential buildings in Barcelona.

Since 2016 ULMA Architectural Solutions has also offered solutions for indoor coatings with different textures, colours, finishes and formats.[14][15][16][17][18][19][20][21][22]

Corporate Social Responsibility

ULMA Architectural Solutions has signed up to the 10 Principles of the Global Compact deriving from declarations of the United Nations with regards to human rights, labour, the environment and anti-corruption. In 2010, ULMA helped to set up the ULMA Foundation, through which it gives 10% of its profits to different projects of public interest related to welfare, sport, society and culture.[23][24]

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  21. ^ "Amplía gama de productos con desagüe lineal". Allgemeinebauzeitung. Retrieved 2016-07-03.
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  23. ^ "Nuestros socios". Pacto Mundial. Retrieved 2016-07-03.
  24. ^ "ULMA Colaboraciones". Fundación ULMA. Archived from the original on 2010-10-13. Retrieved 2016-07-03.

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